2009 Achával Ferrer "Finca Bella Vista" Malbec Mendoza
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Finca Bella Vista was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1910 giving a miserly yield of 0.75 tons per acre. It displays slightly blacker fruit, a bit more depth and opulence, and a finish that seems endless. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and enjoy it from 2016 to 2029+.
Shows good cut to the dense boysenberry, blackberry and crushed raspberry notes, which are supported by silky tannins and vibrant acidity. Layers of hot stone, spice and violet slowly stretch out on the tightly wound finish. Malbec. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 500 cases imported.
Aromas of spicy, pure red fruits, with a dried fruit leather quality, lead to a similarly spicy palate. This is a special vineyard site, featuring very old vines and yields that are less than a ton per acre. Of all Achaval Ferrer's wines, this one will often age the best, capable of improving in bottle for a decade or more.